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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Tesla Model X tows a Qantas Dreamliner Boeing 787

Tesla has shown that its Model X can do more than drive itself, out-drag supercars and haul the family around town.

The American electric car maker's range-topping Model X P100D variant has towed a Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for almost 300 metres.

Weighing in at 130 tonnes, the Jumbo's successor is just a touch heavier than the P100D's official 2.5 tonne towing capacity.

Nevertheless, the feat was made possible by Tesla's dual motors that produce a massive swell of torque that is just short of 1000Nm.

That amount of pulling power puts the Tesla near the top of the torque pile in Australia with only enormous turbocharged diesel engines in US-style trucks - such as the Ram 2500 and upcoming Chevrolet Silverado - capable of eclipsing the electric machine.

However, the Tesla's usual range of up to 565km would be seriously compromised by the effort of towing such a load.

The stunt took place at Melbourne airport and was used to promote new rewards for Tesla owners who are also Qantas frequent flyers.

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